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What’s the Speed of Dark Matter?

Based on physicists’ measurements, most of the mass in the universe is actually taken up by dark matter. Whatever this stuff is, we can see its effects on the behaviour of distant galaxies, though no experiment has detected it here on Earth. Doing so probably requires knowing how fast it moves. Read More >>

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There May Be an Earth-Like Exoplanet Less Than Five Light Years Away

Rumours are flying that astronomers at the European Southern Observatory have discovered an Earth-like exoplanet in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, our nearest neighbouring star. If confirmed, this is undeniably one of the biggest astronomical discoveries of the century. Read More >>

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There’s an Enormous Blob of Gas Spinning Around Our Galaxy

Here’s some knowledge that’ll make you feel like a microbe: our Milky Way galaxy, a collection of hundreds of billions of stars and worlds, is but a tiny nucleus buried deep inside an enormous blob of million-degree gas that’s spinning at a rip-roaring 400,000 miles per hour. Read More >>

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How the VFX Wizards Brought Distant Galaxies to Life in Cosmos

If there was one reason to remake Carl Sagan's Cosmos almost 34 years after it originally aired, it was to take advantage of the leaps and bounds made in visual effects over the past three decades. It allowed the folks at BUF, and other VFX shops, to use cutting-edge computer graphics to give us glimpses of the universe we'd never be able to see in person. Read More >>

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Cosmos Preview: The Universe Gets a Much-Needed Reboot

When we found out that Seth MacFarlane—a man known more for fart jokes than a passion for science—was behind the reboot of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, we were understandably a little concerned. Fortunately, we were also totally wrong. If the first episode is any indicator, with Neil deGrasse Tyson at the reigns, the followup to Carl Sagan's otherworldly masterpiece is in very capable hands. Read More >>

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Get All Starry-Eyed With This Indestructible Tyvek Constellation Map

I am useless when it comes to constellations; identifying Orion's Belt and the Dippers (Big and Little) is about as deep as my skills go when it comes to eyeballing the heavens. This Crumpled Sky Map by Palomar seems like it would be an awesome tool to help me and my fellow heavens-blind folk educate ourselves in the ways of the cosmos. Read More >>

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The Eagle Nebula Couldn’t Look Cooler

That top image is pretty, but the only way to see this incredible combination of dust and gas is to take in the whole image below. Holy crap, right? This picture, which was created in 2005 using Hubble data and digitally assigned colors, shows the Eagle Nebula surrounded by and intertwined with dust pillars that are slowly being shaped by light and cosmic wind. Read More >>